H.D. Woodson junior Richard Marcellus twisted his body yesterday in such a way that it looked almost as though he was posing for the camera posted at the finish line. The move was successful in helping Marcellus win the hotly contested 100 meters at the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association track and field championships.
"My coach told me it was a way to get my body in front of [my opponents], so that my body would block [theirs] in the picture," Marcellus said. "I really wanted this race; I wanted to do this for my team."
In the final race of the day, Marcellus won the 100 in 11.17 seconds -- just ahead of Dunbar's Darnell Smith (11.18) and Banneker's Carlos Coleman (11.2) -- to help the Warriors pull off the sweep of the DCIAA boys' and girls' titles at Spingarn High in Northeast.
All-Met Anjewan Geter also won the 110 hurdles as H.D. Woodson finished with 175 points, followed closely by Ballou's 164. The girls won easily with 1711/2 points, well ahead of Ballou's 140. The Warriors finished the year by sweeping all the city meets -- the DCIAA Invitational and DCIAA championships during the indoor season, and the city relays, divisional championships and DCIAA championships outdoors.
"Just a fantastic day," said Warriors Coach Lionel Russell, who won his 16th and 17th DCIAA titles. "Everybody had a great day, and it's been a great year."
H.D. Woodson's girls were led by Avery Worley, who won the 100 hurdles (16.03 seconds) and Charlie Jackson, the high jump champ (4 feet 10 inches). Of the 16 girls on the Warriors, only two are seniors.
The boys' team competition was close throughout the meet, which started Tuesday. Ballou speedster Andre Tillman won four events, including a 48.04-second performance in the 400, to keep the Knights in contention.
But in the last two races, Woodson pulled away. In the 3,200, Brian Redding, Levi James and Angelo Shepherd finished third, fifth and seventh, respectively, and Marcellus followed with his victory in the 100.
"The boys' race was nip and tuck the whole way," Russell said. "The boys really came through to get those extra points, especially in the 3,200."
Tillman's four victories highlighted the Ballou boys' second-place finish, and the Ballou girls were led by another magnificent performance by All-Met sophomore Andria Smallwood.
Nursing a strained left hamstring, Smallwood won the 100, 200, 400 and 300 hurdles. After wearing a tight brace around the hamstring for the 100 (12.66) and 400 (56.03), Smallwood had to wear a bandage on her right leg during the 200 because of a scrape caused by the rubbing of the brace against her thigh. In the 200, she posted a time of 25.24.
"My coach gave me the choice if I wanted to sit out, but I wasn't going to," Smallwood said. "I did it for my coach, I did it for my school. I wanted to show that good things can come out of Ballou."